Recently, with the spread of delta strain, the number of new crown cases in the United States has surged again. According to the data of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention, at present, the average daily new cases in the United States are nearly 130000, an increase of more than 700% compared with the beginning of this round of epidemic in early July. The latest data from the U.S. Department of health and human services show that more than 95000 people in the United States are hospitalized due to the new crown, of which more than 23000 are in the intensive care unit, and the medical resources of many states are “red light”.
As a superpower with strong economic, technological and medical strength, the United States is not short of resources. In fact, when less than 1% of the vaccinated population in many poor countries around the world, the United States announced that it was ready to start vaccinating people.
In that case, why can’t the United States always get rid of the hat of “the most serious epidemic country in the world“?
A number of foreign media recently analyzed that the US government is to blame for the failure of the overall anti epidemic policy.
More than a year after the outbreak of the epidemic, the United States has changed its president and changed its policy to deal with the epidemic, but how much improvement has been made in the effectiveness of governance? President Biden promised that 70% of American adults would receive at least one dose of vaccine in July, but the “operation” was not completed until mid August.
At the same time, despite Biden’s team’s strong promotion of vaccination activities, it is difficult to change the views of those who do not want to be vaccinated. Tens of millions of eligible Americans have not been vaccinated.
White House press secretary pusaki once said that there would be no “federal vaccination database” or “federal injunction requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination certificate” and “this is not the responsibility of the federal government.”
However, many people want to see the US government play a more active role. In late July, medical groups representing millions of medical and other health professionals called for mandatory vaccination for U.S. health workers.
Feldman, a social epidemiologist at the FXB Center for health and human rights at Harvard University, said the United States needs to go further“ We need to combine vaccination with other public health measures (such as wearing masks) and, in some places, paid work stoppages. ”
However, regardless of the response of the federal government, the epidemic prevention and control in the United States has always been difficult to get rid of political constraints. From nucleic acid detection and resource allocation to vaccination, blockade and unsealing, the federal and local governments have acted in their own ways. The struggle between the two parties has been fierce, and there has never been a united front against the real “strong enemy” – virus.
In Florida, where the epidemic rebounded seriously, Republican governor de Santis refused to cooperate with the Biden government’s epidemic response measures and resolutely resisted vaccination and other requirements. In Texas, the mandatory wearing of masks in Dallas County faces a lawsuit provoked by the state government.
The differences in regulations and the repetition of relevant policies among American States make people at a loss. As for whether to wear a mask, the CDC has been criticized by many parties for constantly changing its instructions. On May 13, the agency announced that it would no longer recommend vaccinators to wear masks, but it changed its language in July, saying that even vaccinators should wear masks in indoor public places in areas with high epidemic spread.
More than two months ago, the White House Office of government affairs wrote in an email to states: “the United States is entering a very different summer. A free… Happy summer, a summer of reunion and celebration. ”
Now, the “happy summer” envisioned by the White House has been replaced by a “chaotic summer”.
The consequences of the weak fight against the epidemic can only be borne directly by the American people. As of August 24, 37.9 million new crown cases had been confirmed in the United States, with more than 629000 deaths. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that more than 4 million children in the country have been infected with COVID-19 since the outbreak. Heavy figures will only slide the anti epidemic concept of American society to a more divided future.
For the current anti epidemic performance, Collins, President of the National Institutes of health, said bluntly that the United States “made mistakes again and again” and “we are failing.”